Thursday , June 13 2024

Merced Pediatrician Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

A Merced pediatrician arrested on child pornography charges has bailed out of jail.

35-year-old Carlos Teran Miranda was being held on 25-thousand-dollars bail.

He was arrested after a patient’s mother found a hidden video camera in a clinic bathroom.

The camera was discovered at Golden Valley Health Center on Childs Avenue. Police say they tied that camera to Teran Miranda.

The camera was found in a flower arrangement placed on the back of a toilet.

The mother of a pediatric patient saw the flower arrangement and thought it seemed out of place.

"And when she started looking further she actually found a very small video camera hidden within the flower arrangement," said Lt. Matt Williams with the Merced Police Department.

The woman notified administrators at the clinic and called police. Detectives say that camera was placed there by Dr. Teran Miranda.

"At least one victim has been identified. We don’t know if there’s more victims to be identified. At this point it’s going to take a lot of work by the forensics people to go through everything and see if there’s additional victims out there," Lt. Williams said.

Dr. Teran Miranda is listed as a pediatric infectious disease specialist by the American Medical Association. And is also listed on Mercy Medical Center’s website as one of their physicians. Police are looking into where else Teran Miranda practices.

They served search warrants at the clinic and the home he shares with his family. Police say they recovered possible evidence.

Police say they will contact the parents of any victims they identify. Again they have one victim at this point and are checking to see if there are more.

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